There are 33 joints in the foot, and all of them can develop arthritic changes. The resulting inflammation can lead to pain and eventually an inability to move the afflicted joint. Since there are over 100 different types of arthritis, specific symptoms may vary. However, some common early signs of arthritis include:
1 – Joint pain. At early stages, the pain may only be experienced at the beginning of activities and afterwards; in other words, before your warm-up and after the warm-up wears off. As the condition progresses, the pain will become a permanent presence.
2 – Stiffness. At first you may experience a crunching sensation when moving the affected joint. Later, the affected joints tend to stiffen up, limiting your range of movement.
3 – Swelling. Arthritic joints may become more pronounced due to a combination of swelling and bony growth (osteophytes).
Left untreated, arthritis can become a very serious condition. If you suspect you may have developed the condition, you should seek a professional foot surgeon London. This one is a good example.